“ a compromise formula which includes a proposal to take top 20% students based on percentile ranking of respective boards for preparing the merit list”

How meaningless is this solution ?. Higher education in India will become the domain of the school toppers and Children of affluent parents and we wonder why half a million students leave India to study undergraduate courses overseas. Children who will never return to a country that shunned them.

Is this is what we call inclusive in RTE ?.

God Save India

Inclusive education does not mean that everyone must enter, or pass out from, an IIT. It only means that if you wanted to, you could have a shot at it. The child labourer is excluded because she can never dream of entering an IIT; she may absolutely hate IIT, but not trying to join an IIT should be her decision. Even if there is only one IIT train, every child must have access to the platform where the train comes. Of course, not everyone will get on to the train but everyone knows what to do to have a shot at the train. This is called inclusion in education. Everyone must go to school till class 12; those who work hard, and are willing to work harder still, will join an IIT. Others will, by choice, decide not to work that hard and become economists.

Shubhashis Gangopadhyay

All children are born equal and mindless politicians are trying to grade the children and youth of the nation and create a new Brahamanical Caste system in Education, which is pandering to the neo rich who can afford to send their children to elite private schools and Coaching schools.

"HRD Ministry of India wants to build castles of higher education on the bamboo scaffoldings of its schools" ~ Satish Jha

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Tuesday, April 10, 2012

101 - IIT-B faculty suggests 2-stage JEE pattern - DNA

IIT-B faculty suggests 2-stage JEE pattern

Published: Tuesday, Apr 10, 2012, 8:00 IST 
By Pallavi Smart | Place: Mumbai | Agency: DNA  

If opinions of the Indian Institute of Technology’s (IIT-B’s) faculty are taken into consideration, the reformed Joint Entrance Examination (JEE) might be divided into two stages.

In the first stage, the candidate will be filtered by including the criterion of board marks, and in the second, the candidate will be ranked for IIT admissions.

On Monday, a special seven-member committee set up by the HRD minister met the IIT-B faculty and presented the reformed IIT-JEE pattern and sought feedback.

“The meeting ended on two important points: The council does not have the senate’s power to decide the admission criteria. Secondly, considering the ambiguity among different boards, the aspect of giving weightage to board marks should be only to filter candidates and not to rank for admission to IITs,” said a professor who attended the meeting.

IIT-B director Devang Khakkar said: “The discussion was prolonged where different concerns related to the reformed JEE pattern were raised by the faculty. These will be communicated to the council.”

The faculty feels it is unfair to give 40% weightage for board marks to be ranked for IIT admissions.

“There are different boards following varied patterns of evaluation and several malpractices have come to light. Moreover, scoring in board examinations depends on rote learning, while competitive examinations are application-based,” the professor added.

Another faculty member said: “There is an option to conduct the examination in two stages. The board exam score can be considered to filter the number of candidates in the first stage. But there should also be an advanced test to decide the candidate’s aptitude and eligibility to enter an IIT.”

“This idea is based on the regular trend. A candidate has to score enough in the board exam to enter an IIT. And, those eligible for IITs after the traditional JEE have been seen scoring well in their boards.”